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Environment, health and safety

Continuous improvement

Protecting the environment, safeguarding our employees’ health and ensuring the safety of all who work at Givaudan are key values in our Company.

Embedding environment, health and safety (EHS) in our culture

Our goal is to enhance an EHS mindset in the daily activities of all employees so it becomes second nature and the right thing to do. To achieve this, we have created an EHS Excellence model to highlight and leverage the critical elements of Givaudan’s DNA. This model, which is being rolled out in 2018, uses a workshop approach to raise the visibility and impact of our EHS culture even further. It also helps our leadership teams assess their site and function against the desired culture and, in turn, agree on actions for improvement.

Fuelling further development in this area will be the training of new EHS facilitators in an approach that will depart from the traditional ‘centre outwards’ approach. This programme will start in 2018 and enhance and support local ownership of EHS matters. The people trained will gain external accreditation from IOSH (the UK-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health).

Safeguarding our ability to deliver

Stakeholder trust is key to the Company’s success, and we continue to strengthen our relationship with all our stakeholders through an inclusive and professional approach to EHS matters. This includes the implementation of our EHS Management System, which covers elements such as EHS Directives, Standards and compliance requirements.

Our stakeholders include the communities and neighbourhoods where we operate. We take every precaution to operate safely in these communities while providing social and economic value, and reducing our environmental footprint.

In 2017, our commitment to drive an ambitious climate action was recognised by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform. CDP awarded Givaudan an A for climate action leadership and A- for our commitment to water management. It was our third year on the leadership level and we have been disclosing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through our participation in CDP since 2007.

During the year, we set ambitious emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative. We seek not only to reduce emissions in our own operations, but also within our value chain. We have therefore committed to achieving a 30% GHG emissions reduction by 2030. We can achieve this by converting our electricity supply to fully renewable sources by 2025, and by leading significant energy consumption reduction projects across our operations.

Continuous improvement

Givaudan is committed to driving continuous improvement in EHS performance, a commitment underlined by our adherence to the Responsible Care® Global Charter.

We have strengthened our position on occupational health by implementing a new system of ergonomic assessments and an improved material handling and control programme. Our Global EHS Centre of Expertise oversees areas such as environmental protection and climate action, material stewardship, hazardous material management, occupational health, behavioural and process safety management and odour emissions control, and manages our Global Safety Laboratory.

Empowering everybody to safeguard the environment and protect people’s health and safety continues to be embedded in our culture. EHS Weeks at sites around the world continued in 2017 and are highly successful in engaging and energising our people.

Health and safety data

 

2009

2016

2017

Fatalities

0

0

0

Number of LTIs

79

32

32

LTI rate

1.03

0.36

0.33

Lost day rate ¹

N/A

10.88

6.73

Number of Restricted Work Cases (RWC)

28

37

45

Number of Medical Treatment Cases (MTC)

28

34

61

Number of Total Recordable Cases (TRC)

135

103

138

Total Recordable Case Rate ²

1.76

1.15

1.43

Number of lost days ³

N/A

973

647

Number of hours worked ⁴

15,341,093

17,886,782

19,239,626

Absenteeism ⁵

N/A

2.4%

2.5%

1. Number of lost work days resulting from work-related accidents per 200,000 working hours. Calculation based on scheduled work days lost from the day after the accident.
2. LTI and TRC are both according to the official OSHA definitions.
3. 2016 includes 236 days carried over from previous year. 2017 includes one day carried over from previous year.
4. 9.7% of these represent external contractors for whom the Company is liable (Temps).
5. Compared to the number of normal available working days, includes correction for employees working on a part-time basis

For the full version please visit page 47 of the Annual Report.